Gaming Post 28: Pokémon Platinum Version

The random number generator has determined that the next gaming article I should write should be about what was probably the most important video game in my online career. That game was Pokémon Platinum Version, and I recorded an entire live action adventure when I originally played it in Spring of 2009.

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I’m not sure if my words can do justice in describing what the release of Pokémon Platinum meant to me and what my friends and I did following its release, but I will try. To make a long story short, I had decided to start over catching all 493 Pokémon that existed back then without trading with anything besides game files that I created after the release of Platinum. The main reason I did this was to ensure that, when I would eventually complete the Pokédex, none of my Pokémon would have been created due to cheating. Since people are technically able to create cheated Pokémon or clone previously legitimate ones (thus making both the copy and the original cheated), and they can also trade those Pokémon to people who don’t know that they are cheated, who can (without even knowing) offer a cheated Pokémon to you or a Pokémon who is descended from the cheated Pokémon via breeding, the internet is not a safe place to obtain Pokémon when you want to maintain 100% legitimacy.

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Not only did I reset my adventure for the sake of legitimacy, but also for the sake of honor. I wanted to prove that I could catch all of the Pokémon by myself and become a Pokémon Master.

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Trainer Zelgerath, @Zelgerath on Twitter

To see the full details of my endeavor, please watch the embedded video. It’s pretty long, but it took several months of work to create. It all started on March 22, 2009. There were a few surprises here and there along the way, but I don’t want to spoil them, so here’s the video in its entirety. Enjoy!

After catching every Pokémon available in the Sinnoh Region, there were only a few left I needed to catch, and as Summer vacation had just started, I went on a continuation of the quest to obtain all the Pokémon that at that time had to come from older games. I called it The Platinum MasterQuest, and it can be viewed below. Again, it’s long, but several months of work went into it, and I honestly think it’s worth a view if you liked the video above.

The video ends just before Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver’s release, with only Celebi missing from my Pokédex, but that’s a story to be concluded in another article on Zelgerath.com! =)

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Celebi’s empty space bothered me for years.

One thing I really liked about the game Pokémon Platinum itself was its inclusion of an alternate dimension called The Distortion World. It was only featured for a short amount of time during the story, but I thought it was pretty neat.

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Here’s a silly Assassin’s Creed and Pokémon Platinum crossover picture I made. Pokémon Platinum features The Distortion World, the home of Giratina, where the laws of physics don’t apply.

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Gaming Post 12: Wario, Master of Disguise

The random number generator wants me to write about Wario: Master of Disguise. It happens to be one of the 26 games set in the Mario universe that I beat during my “Year of Mario”.

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This is a strange game on my list. Essentially it’s Wario Land combined with the touchscreen gimmick of the Nintendo DS era. The premise is that Wario, while trying to think of a way to get rich, sees a show about master thieves, so he creates a machine that will allow him to enter the TV Program. Once there, he decides to introduce himself as a master thief called “The Purple Wind”, because he’s silent but deadly.

Wario is pretty great.
Wario is pretty great.

So, he steals a magical wand and uses various “disguises” to make his way through the 10 levels in the game. Among those disguises are the default thief disguise which allows Wario to jump pretty high, the dragon disguise that lets him shoot fire, the electric disguise which lets him shoot electricity, a space suit that lets him shoot lasers, a “genius” disguise that lets him punch objects sideways with an invention involving a boxing glove, an artist disguise that lets him spawn blocks to achieve various tasks, a pirate disguise that lets him float in water, and a demon disguise that lets him fly around.

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The levels are pretty good, but the touch controls can be more difficult than they should be. I definitely had to make use of video guides for some of the bosses in the game and moments when I wasn’t sure where to go. In my opinion, I would skip this game unless you’re a big fan of Wario. I happen to be, so I ended up liking the game, but I’m aware that Wario is a very polarizing figure.

Thanks for Reading! =D